The Google Nexus and the Kindle Fire HD ruled the roost for some time when it came to cheap tablet devices. However, Tesco blew the lid off the market with the launch of the £119 Hudl and then Argos jumped on board with a £99 MyTablet. Carphone Warehouse, though, has taken cheap to a whole new level and rather than shave £10 or £20 off the price of its rivals, it has halved the next cheapest by launching the £49 Avoca 7.
As you should expect, the Avoca 7 won’t be setting the world alight because, while it has really quite good specs for the price, we are talking a device that is a quarter of the price of the Nexus.
It has a 7” screen that offers 800 x 480 screen resolution and a 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM. There’s no rear camera but there is a front facing 0.3mp camera for video calling features. It also has 8GB of built-in storage coupled with a microSD slot that enables owners to expand the memory up to 32GB. It will even run Android Jelly Bean 4.2.
It really isn’t that bad considering the price.
In reality, if you’re looking for a budget tablet then you’re more likely to opt for the Hudl. It has a screen pixel density of 242ppi compared to 169ppi for the MyTablet and 133ppi for the Avoca 7. It also has a 3mp rear and 2mp front facing camera while the MyTablet has a 2mp rear and 0.3mp front camera. The Avoca dispenses with the rear camera and has only the 0.3mp front facing camera.
The MyTablet is firmly aimed at the younger generation of first time tablet owners, namely the tween market aged between 8 and 13. It has the features and the applications that make it ideal for this purpose.
The Avoca 7 costs £49 which is staggeringly cheap and it will make some sales based on this fact alone. It also has reasonable specifications considering just how much cheaper it is than the competition.
However, it is the Hudl from Tesco that offers the best value for money. As is often the case with budget devices, if you’re able to spend a little more you will reap the rewards in terms of quality and value for money.